Open Source Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Software

janet dow jldow at
Tue Nov 6 10:54:30 EST 2001

I also think this would be a great idea-I'm not very good at programing but
am really good at be critical of other people's programs.

Let me know how I can help.

Janet Dow

>On Fri, 02 Nov 2001 10:43:44 +1000, Geoffrey Osborne
><geoff.osborne at> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>>	I'd like to start a discussion, and gauge peoples interest in
>>creating an
>> Open Source Flow Cytometry Data Analysis Software package.
>>	For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of open source
>> software please have a look here
>> "The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can
>> read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the
>> software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And
>> this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of
>> conventional software development, seems astonishing."
>>	The reasons behind my interest in such a project are many fold:
>> * Firstly, from a standpoint "flow community spirit" it just plain makes
>> sense, as a group we have the ability to achieve so much.
>> * Secondly, there is the matter of economics, we can all benefit from such
>> a product, (including commercial vendors for example
>> or commercial end users like Amazon shifting to Linux)and in particular in
>> developing countries where the cost of some commercial packages could be
>> prohibitive.
>> * Thirdly, development time of the "ultimate" no cost flow analysis package
>> could be incredibly short
>>	That said, we are willing to put our "money where our mouth is" and
>> provide source code towards such a package. I'm not necessarily the person
>> with the skills to set up or manage such a project, but would contribute
>> where I could.
>>	Your thoughts?
>> Yours in anticipation,
>> Geoffrey Osborne
>> Specialist, Flow Cytometry,
>> John Curtin School of Medical Research,
>> The Australian National University,
>> Canberra, 0200, ACT. AUSTRALIA
>> email: geoff.osborne at
>> (61 2) 6125 3694.

Janet Dow
Research Technician and Manager
Flow Cytometry Facility
North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine
Room C-314
Raleigh, NC 27606

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